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November 2018

Whole Teacher Whole Child

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The following is a guest written post from one of the early childhood educators at our centre, Yoon Ji (Amy) Kim. To learn more about Amy, visit our staff directory here!

The medium of educators is the curriculum. It is not a lesson plan or a rigid schedule. It is the flow of expressing values and meanings of the day, mood, interest, and inquiries of educators with children

The hundred languages of children are expressed through another hundred ways.

There are no ordinary moments with the children. If we think slightly different, it sets a totally different mood, rhythm, tone, and dynamic to the situation which makes it more valuable and extendable.

We are not educating children to have a just ‘fun’ or ‘happy’ day. Yes, those are important factors in the day yet we thrive to be with children when they are having ups and downs and letting them understand that we are there with them and here is the safe space to express who they are.

The children and the educators are learning together, not to be ready for school, but to know how to co-exist together physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.

We value the wholeness of the child not ones we like about child but the whole child.

The pedagogy is a difficult concept to fully understand yet it is flexible to be inclusive to all children, families, and educators.

We think about how to be with the child. Often we might think we are doing for the child, to the child, and of the child, but we are reflecting our work to be with the child in our daily inquiries.

We value children’s differences through pedagogical listening, this is an active listening. Active listening is to be present not just physically in the room but truly participating and attentively being WITH children.

The child may be our hundredth child that comes through the door but we, educators can be the child’s first or second, less than the tenth educator. We may be their first teacher ever. How important are we? Their educational years can start differently. We may be the beginning of their journey.

Through pedagogical narrations and documentation, we express our care, hospitalities, and respect for children’s words, actions, creations, and play.

We deeply resonate with the BC Early Learning Framework when we present ourselves to the children, families, and the communities.

Demonstrate pedagogical practices that are connected to contemporary theoretical approaches to learning, thinking and teaching in the field of early childhood care and education.

Work collaboratively with children, families, educators, and community to provide relevant and responsive caring and educational experiences.

We use ethical pedagogical practices that demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity of each child.

We like to think the true care is the gift exchange, the children gift the room, others, and educators with their gaze, smile, creations, expressions, and actions. And we, educators send back the gift to the children with respondents of expressions.

 

The above is inspired by the BC Early Learning Framework and written by Yoon Ji (Amy) Kim.

 

Featured Book: Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

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Hello hello Parkland Players community! It has been awhile since we featured a book in one of our posts. Today we are spotlighting Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel. This book is a great read for many age groups from younger preschool aged children up to grade 3s. It features beautiful artistic depictions of a variety of animals, including a number of endangered species. The animals are created in a wonderful balance of cartoonish and realistic styles so that they are easily recognizable.

They story is a great read for young audiences for two themes: accepting all kinds of differences and diversity and caring for each other and our environment. With minimalist text, this book gets the message across in subtle ways, but by having all these extremely varied and different animals (including two human children), greet each other with welcoming hellos appreciating the unique characteristics of each reminds us to be kind and appreciative of the variety of people in our own communities. Also, as previously mentioned, Wenzel depicts a number of endangered species, which can help lead into a conversation or lesson plan on animals, and environmental preservation.

For a video reading of the book visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuT5e1C_5NY

But we recommend getting your hands on a hard copy, either from your local library or bookstore so that you can examine the wonderful art up close.

 

 

“Sense”-sational Painting

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Developmental Goal/Activity Objective: To practice creative art skills as well as practice and learn more about the five senses.

Materials Needed:

  1. Paper
  2. Puff paint
  3. Tempera or acrylic paint
  4. Paintbrush
  5. Sensory mix-ins for the paint: salt, flour, oats, birdseed, sand, etc.

Procedures/Strategies: (how to present activity and what children will do)

  1. Mix different colours of paint with different mix in materials for texture.
  2. Let children paint with these. It is more fun to use their fingers but the effect will still work with brushes.
  3. There is also a visual texture component to this activity.
  4. Have children describe the different textures and if you want guess what materials were added.

Guidance and Safety Considerations

Make sure younger children do not put paint in their mouths, it is probably best to stick to brushes with this age group.

Source: http://playfullearning.net/2014/10/sense-sational-painting/